Deere announced its third-quarter earnings today, showing a net income of $641.8 million for the quarter ended July 30, 2017, compared with $488.8 million for the quarter ended July 31, 2016.
For the first nine months of fiscal 2017, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $1.649 billion, compared with $1.239 billion, for the same period last year.
Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 16 percent, to $7.808 billion, for the third quarter and increased 8 percent, to $21.720 billion, for the first nine months. Net sales of the equipment operations were $6.833 billion for the third quarter and $18.791 billion for nine months, compared with $5.861 billion and $17.737 billion for the periods last year.
Net sales of the worldwide equipment operations increased 17 percent for the quarter and 6 percent for the first nine months compared with the year-ago periods. Sales included price realization of 1 percent for the quarter and 2 percent year to date. Foreign-currency rates did not have a material translation effect on net sales for either period compared with last year. Equipment net sales in the United States and Canada increased 11 percent for the quarter and were down 1 percent for the first nine months. Outside the U.S. and Canada, net sales increased 25 percent for the quarter and 17 percent for nine months, with favorable currency-translation effects of 1 percent for both periods.
Forecast - Company equipment sales are projected to increase about 10 percent for fiscal 2017 and be up about 24 percent for the fourth quarter compared with the same periods of 2016. Included in the forecast is a positive foreign-currency translation effect of about 1 percent for the full year and about 2 percent in the fourth quarter. Net sales and revenues are projected to increase about 11 percent for fiscal 2017 with net income attributable to Deere & Company of about $2.075 billion.
Equipment Division Performance
Construction & Forestry. Construction and forestry sales increased 29 percent for the quarter and 10 percent for nine months mainly as a result of higher shipment volumes. Results were negatively affected by higher sales-incentive expenses for the quarter and by higher warranty costs year to date.
Operating profit was $110 million for the quarter and $253 million for nine months, compared with $54 million and $197 million last year. Results for the quarter were helped by increased shipment volumes, partially offset by higher selling, administrative and general expenses, higher sales-incentive expenses and increased production costs. Benefiting nine-month results were higher shipment volumes, partially offset by increases in warranty costs, selling, administrative and general expenses and production costs.
Forecast - Deere's worldwide sales of construction and forestry equipment are forecast to be up about 15 percent for 2017, with no material currency-translation impact. The forecast reflects moderate economic growth worldwide. In forestry, global industry sales are expected to be down 5 to 10 percent due to soft conditions in North America
Agriculture & Turf. Sales increased 13 percent for the quarter and 5 percent for nine months primarily due to higher shipment volumes and price realization, partially offset by higher warranty costs.
Operating profit was $685 million for the quarter and $1.899 billion year to date, compared with respective totals of $571 million and $1.329 billion last year. Results for the quarter benefited from higher shipment volumes and price realization, partially offset by increases in production costs, warranty expenses and selling, administrative and general expenses. Year-to-date results received support from higher shipment volumes, price realization and a more-favorable sales mix, partially offset by increased production costs and higher warranty expenses. The gain on the sale of a partial interest in SiteOne contributed to the division's results for both periods.
Forecast - Deere's worldwide sales of agriculture and turf equipment are forecast to increase by about 9 percent for fiscal-year 2017, including a positive currency-translation effect of about 1 percent. Industry sales for agricultural equipment in the U.S. and Canada are forecast to be down about 5 percent for 2017, reflecting weakness in the livestock sector and the continuing impact of low crop prices. The decline is affecting both large and small equipment